Canon is beginning to let third events make RF mount lenses

In a latest interview at CP+ 2023, the group from DPReview spoke with Canon about a variety of subjects. Two of them stick out specifically. First is that the Canon EOS R3’s Eye Management Autofocus system is coming to extra cameras. It’s unlikely it’ll come to present cameras, as I think about it requires particular {hardware} to take a look at your eye, however will probably be coming sooner or later.

The opposite is that Canon seems to be stress-free its place a little bit on third-party lenses. Beforehand, it appeared that Canon was simply slicing all third events off. Now, plainly Canon isn’t solely hinting that it’ll license its mount expertise however particularly calls out Cosina as an authorised third-party producer in a position to make RF mount lenses.

The information that Canon was slicing off third events upset a whole lot of photographers. I’d been contemplating switching to Canon’s RF Mount mirrorless system myself after over twenty years as a Nikon F mount shooter. However the lack of third-party native (meaning not tailored) lenses and Canon’s obvious want to close them down put me off. And judging from the feedback after we coated Canon’s motion in direction of Viltrox, I’m not the one one.

DPReview requested Canon how they plan to enchantment to customers who need a wider collection of lenses, together with third events:

Q: We frequently hear from readers who say they like Canon mirrorless cameras however need a wider collection of lenses, together with third social gathering choices. How will Canon enchantment to those customers?

Canon: Each time a 3rd social gathering presents a request to us, we’ll take into account it, based mostly on our enterprise technique. The truth is, we’ve got been speaking with some exterior firms, and chances are you’ll already remember that right here at CP+, Cosina has introduced that they are going to be creating RF lenses of their very own.

So, it appears to be like like Canon is keen to license the tech in spite of everything. Possibly this implies there’s some hope that we’ll truly see a few of that Sigma DG DN Artwork glass coming to RF mount sooner or later. They could, and it seems like they’ve, take an identical place to Nikon – who is barely licensing lenses that don’t compete with their very own – however the truth that they’re letting any third events make lenses in any respect is an effective begin.

With regards to the Eye Management Autofocus discovered on the EOS R3, Canon says that it’s coming to extra cameras however that it’ll take a while. In addition they say that they need to enhance the efficiency and usefulness too.


Q: Many customers have been excited to see the return of eye-controlled autofocus on the EOS R3. Has the brand new eye-controlled AF met Canon’s expectations, and may we anticipate to see it on extra our bodies sooner or later?

Canon: It’s our mission as a digicam producer to determine methods to make any digicam system simpler and extra comfy to function. So, when it comes to the attention management system, or eye-controlled focus, we intend to deploy this to numerous different fashions as properly. On the identical time, we’d like to enhance the efficiency and usefulness.

Nevertheless, the attention management system is one thing that takes a very long time to develop. It’s additionally a expensive system to develop and manufacture, so we don’t want for patrons to have overexcited expectations for instant deployment to different fashions.

I can’t see this coming to present Canon our bodies, so don’t get your hopes up. The truth that it’s a “expensive system to develop and manufacture” tells us that this isn’t one thing they’ve simply added into their cameras as normal, ready for them to write down the code later – though, I suppose, it’s potential. Greater than possible, this may solely be coming to Canon’s future skilled and higher-end prosumer our bodies and never normal throughout the vary.

I believe it’s nearly actually going to be coming within the legendary EOS R1 when it lastly will get introduced. Will it’s coming in an EOS R5 Mark II? An EOS R7 Mark II? Maybe, over the following few years, however I suppose time will inform.

[via DPReview]